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Allen [née Gill], Marjory, Lady Allen of Hurtwood (1897–1976), landscape architect and promoter of child welfare, was born on 10 May 1897 at Hazelstubbs, Gravel Hill, Bexleyheath, the daughter of George Joseph Gill (c.1860–1947), a water-rate collector, and his wife, ...

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Ashbee, Charles Robert (1863–1942), architect, designer, and social reformer, was born on 17 May 1863 at Spring Grove, Heston, Isleworth, Middlesex, the first of the four children of Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834–1900), merchant and book collector, and his wife, Elizabeth Josephine Jenny (1841–1919)...

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Charles Robert Ashbee (1863–1942) by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1900 in the possession of the Ashbee family

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Baines, Sir Frank (1877–1933), architect and architectural preservationist, was born at 1 Maria Terrace, Stepney, Middlesex, on 7 December 1877, the fourth child of Samuel Baines (1840–1913), coppersmith, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Coates. Though Baines habitually stated that he was educated privately, he probably attended the ...

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John Gordon Dower (1900–1947) by unknown photographer, 1940s private collection

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Dower, John Gordon (1900–1947), architect and promoter of national parks, was born at 1 Ashburn Place, Ilkley, Yorkshire on 2 September 1900, the eldest child of Robert Shillito Dower (1870–1953), company director of George Depledge, steel merchant, Leeds, and a Methodist lay preacher, and his wife, ...

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Feilden, Sir Bernard Melchior (1919–2008), conservation architect, was born on 11 September 1919 at 31 Meadway Court, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, a twin son and one of five brothers born to Robert Humphrey Feilden (1884–1925), a mechanical engineer and major in the Royal Field Artillery special reserve...

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FitzRoy, Hugh Denis Charles, eleventh duke of Grafton (1919–2011), architectural conservationist and landowner, was born on 3 April 1919 in Cape Town, South Africa, the elder son and eldest of three children of Charles Alfred Euston FitzRoy, later tenth duke of Grafton (1892–1970)...

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Fraser, Patrick Allan- (1813–1890), artist and architect, was born at Arbroath, Forfarshire, the third and youngest son of Robert Allan, a stocking manufacturer, and his wife, Isabel Macdonald. Both his parents were from established trade families in the town. After education at Arbroath Academy...

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Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....

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Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) by Lafayette, 1931 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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The founding members of Georgian Group (act. 1937–c.1947) were a gathering of architects and architectural historians, curators, politicians, lawyers, writers, and socialites, who came together to intercede against the destruction of Georgian architecture, especially in English towns and cities, that took place during the interwar years. It was established by the author and diplomat ...

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Heming, Edmund (fl. 1680–1699), street-lighting entrepreneur, who was living near the Steelyard in Thames Street, London, first came to notice in 1680 with a proposal that the government should raise £8 million by levying a tax of 2d. per week on householders' beds, claiming that this would not imperil the livelihood of any tradesmen. His proposal met with understandable derision....

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Howard, Sir Ebenezer (1850–1928), founder of the garden city movement, was born at 62 Fore Street in the City of London on 29 January 1850, the third child and only son of Ebenezer Howard, confectioner, who owned several shops in and near the ...

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Sir Ebenezer Howard (1850–1928) by E. Housden, c. 1908 First Garden City Heritage Museum, Letchworth

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Joseph, Nathan Solomon (1834–1909), architect and social worker, was born on 17 December 1834 at The Crescent, The Minories, London, one of nine children of City merchant Solomon Joseph (1805–1868) and his wife, Jane Selig (d. 1893). Nathan was educated at home under private tutors and from 1852 to 1854 at ...

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Kyrle, John [called the Man of Ross] (1637–1724), philanthropist and landscape designer, was born on 22 May 1637 at the White House, in the parish of Dymock, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of three children of Walter Kyrle (d. 1660) of Ross, Herefordshire...

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Mackmurdo, Arthur Heygate (1851–1942), architect and social reformer, was born on 12 December 1851 in Edmonton, Middlesex, the eldest child and elder son (there was at least one daughter) of Edward Mackmurdo, chemical manufacturer, of Edmonton, and his wife, Anne née Jones. He was educated at ...

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Nettlefold, John Sutton (1866–1930), housing reformer and town planner, was born in Highbury, London, on 2 May 1866, the fourth son of (Edward) John Nettlefold (1826–1878), screw manufacturer, and his wife Frances, née Whyman (1835–1907). His family were Unitarians and he was educated at ...